The Korea Times reported today that Korea may offer dual citizenship to Koreans and foreigners. Now you are considered either Korean or foreign by the Korean government. Koreans born in the U.S. to Korean parents cannot be both an American and Korean citizen.
The Korean governement is now strongly considering allowing Koreans to keep their Korean citizenship even if they have acquired a citizenship elsewhere, like the United States. Also, foreigners will be able to get Korean citizenship if they marry a Korean, have lived in Korea for 5 consecutive years or those foreigners “with exceptional talents and who can contribute to national development” can get citizenship right away.
The Korean government is making this move largely in response to the dwindling population in the country due to better opportunities elsewhere and an extremely low birth rate. Korea’s birthrate is 1.13, (compared to 2.1 in the US) one of the lowest in the world.
But Korea looks to be moving more toward multiculturalism. A big deal for a country that has been traditionally closed off from the outside. But as more foreigners come to the country for job opportunities a more multicultural Korea is inevitable. Hopefully, if dual citizenship becomes legal it will benefit Korea.